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Pradaxa (generic: dabigatran) is a prescription medication used to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people who have a medical condition called atrial fibrillation. Pradaxa is in a class of medicines called direct thrombin inhibitors. Pradaxa helps prevent the formation of blood clots by inhibiting a naturally occurring protein called thrombin.
This medication comes in capsule form and is usually taken twice daily, with or without food. Swallow Pradaxa capsules whole.
Common side effects of Pradaxa include upset stomach or stomach pain.